Picnic Planner: Orlando

What's your idea of the perfect picnic? Whether it's foie gras and chardonnay at a secluded site or just a bucket of fast-food chicken at a neighborhood park, here's where you can spread your blanket and fill your basket as well as some backup plans. (Photo courtesy of City or Orlando Family, Parks & Recreation)

Updated: October 12, 2009

Where to Go


Mayor Carl T Langford Park

1808 E. Central Blvd., Orlando, FL 32803

Find a spot for the blanket and lay out the fixings in one of the scenic grassy areas or dine in one of the shady picnic pavilions at this historic Orlando park. Grills are also available.


Dickson Azalea Park

100 Rosearden Dr, Orlando, FL 32803

Take a stroll through tall oak trees covered with Spanish moss and a shady walkway while experiencing what Orlando's great outdoors has to offer during a picnic in the park near Downtown Orlando.


Lake Eola Park

195 N Rosalind Ave, Orlando, FL 32801

Grab a spot under one of the trees or eat your picnic near one of the viewing areas overlooking Lake Eola. Couples can take romantic strolls around the lake or take a ride in one of the swan-shaped paddle boats.


What to Eat


Caribbean Sunshine Bakery

2528 W Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32804

Pack freshly baked organic banana bread or other loaves for making delish sandwiches at this Orlando bakery and Caribbean restaurant combo. Don't forget to purchase sweets from island recipes for your picnic, mon.


Publix

741 S Orlando Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

Head to the deli and purchase a box of fried chicken, containers of potato or macaroni salad, King's Hawaiian sweet rolls and a bottle of wine for your picnic paradise.


Rain Checks


Julie's Waterfront

4201 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32806

Drive or paddle over to this lakeside restaurant in South Orlando. After parking or docking, sit back and enjoy the view while eating seafood, grilled chicken, burgers or veggie options in a relaxed atmosphere.


903 Mills Market

903 S Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32806

Hang outside and dine alfresco-style covered by umbrellas while eating wraps, sandwiches or salads paired with wine while getting to know your significant other or watching passersby at this quaint South Orlando restaurant.


Dexter's

808 E Washington St, Orlando, FL 32801

Experience spicy, New Orleans-style sandwiches or wraps paired with sweet potato chips, gigantic salads or entrees and a wide variety of wine to choose from. Diners get cozy indoors or underneath a covered patio before calling it a night.